“For someone to develop genuine compassion towards others,
first he or she must have a basis upon which to cultivate compassion, and that basis is the ability to connect to one’s own feelings and to care for one’s own welfare…Caring for others requires caring for oneself.“
– Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama –
Scientific evidence shows that self-compassion—the ability to treat ourselves with dignity and kindness when things go wrong—is a powerful inner resource. It enables us to address challenging conditions in our lives and transform them for the better.
Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is associated with a wide range of positive psychological factors including enhanced motivation, a sense of wellbeing, emotional resilience, reduced stress, anxiety and depression, a stronger immune system, healthy life habits such as diet and exercise, and wisdom.
Self-compassion also provides a foundation for relating compassionately with others and thereby improves our relationships. Fortunately, self-compassion can be learned by just about anyone, even people for whom the concept of self-compassion makes them uneasy, or those who work too hard, drink too much, get angry too easily, or just don’t have the time to take on yet-another project.
You will learn:
- What self-compassion is and isn’t
- How to practice mindfulness with self-compassion
- Ways to motivate yourself with kindness rather than criticism
- Simple strategies for living close to your core values
- Techniques for handling difficult emotions with greater ease
- How to transform challenging relationships
- How to enjoy ordinary life more fully
Most importantly, this self-compassion is about working less, not more – letting go of the ways that we unnecessarily and invisibly complicate our lives.Program activities include meditation, short talks, experiential exercises, group discussion, and home practices. The goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment for exploring how we typically respond when difficult emotions arise and to provide tools for becoming a warm and supportive companion to ourselves. The emphasis of the program is on enhancing emotional resources and personal capacities. For more information on self-compassion, please see www.Self-Compassion.org and www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org
The course runs for 8 consecutive weeks starting Monday January 23rd, 2017 and goes to Monday March 13th, 2017. There will also be a 1/2 day silent on Sunday February 26th, 2017.
Victoria Pawlowski, M.Ed., RCC
Carolena Ranger, M.A.
Trained Teachers of Mindful Self-Compassion
The Centre for Compassion Inspired Health